Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ Liquidambar

Liquidambar

Description: Worplesdon has a rounded, heavy crown, is long-lived and will eventually grow to 25 metres. The deep-lobed leaves are a light green when they unfurl in spring, changing to a glossy dark green over the summer, before finally turning brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow for a stunning autumn show. Produces small, bright green flowers on slender stalks from March to April and clusters of large, pendulous, woody-brown, spherical fruit capsules during the autumn. Corky, fissured bark creates yet more interest in the winter months.

History: Introduced by George Jackman & Son, Woking Nursery Ltd, Surrey in 1968. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

Liquidambar Growing Tips: Liquidambar should be planted in full sun to achieve their best colour, in neutral to acid soil that is moist but well-drained. Once the trees mature, they tolerate occasional drought as well as periodic flooding. Protect from frost when young.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4.5m x 3.5m

Attributes

  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • M Size: Medium
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Replacement prune
  • Attractive bark
  • Autumn colour
  • Open space planting

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